Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.
It gathers information about users' Internet habits and sends it out. It can be installed with users' consent, but sometimes it is installed without their consent.
It does not spread automatically using its own means.
|First detected on:||March 26, 2007|
|Detection updated on:||Jan. 13, 2010|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Spyware programs are applications that gather information about users' Internet habits and movements. The data, when collected, is sent to the creators themselves or to third parties, either directly or after being stored on computer.
Spyware is installed on systems in numerous ways, including: Trojans installed without users' consent; web pages with certain ActiveX controls or code that exploit vulnerabilities; applications with shareware or freeware type licenses downloaded from the Internet, etc.
Spyware can be installed either with or without users' consent, and either with or without their knowledge about the data gathered and/or the use of it.
Vundo uses the following propagation or distribution methods:
- Exploiting vulnerabilities with the intervention of the user: exploiting vulnerabilities in file formats or applications. To exploit them successfully it needs the intervention of the user: opening files, viewing malicious web pages, reading emails, etc.
- It is dropped or downloaded to the computer by other malware specimens, for example: Multidropper.RKG, Dropper.ZU.